Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
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6/22/20  9:33 pm

Protecting workers from COVID-19 at work protects the public
In this Pandemic, protecting workers from COVID-19 at work will protect the public.  If exposure to COVID -19 is not mitigated at work, it will continue to spread in the workplace and then back out into the community. The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board must do their job and approve this standard to protect all Virginians.  Right now, there are no mandatory requirements for employers to implement to protect workers. There is just guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are not mandatory-- they are advisory and are written as such. The advisory guidance documents by CDC related to COVID-19 also never say "shall" do this-- they simply say 'consider this' or " do this if possible", allowing employers to say they are in compliance if they only consider something. There is no better evidence that voluntary guidelines don't work than the rampant spread of COVID-19 in meat and poultry plants and nursing homes -- sickening hundreds. The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board must approve this common sense and protective emergency standard  and do their job and meet their responsibility  to protect the safety and health of working men and women in Virginia  during this  Pandemic.
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